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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Jan. 26, 2001
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Avner Biron is pronounced "ahv-NAIR bee-ROHN".
Ilya Itin is pronounced "EEL-ya EET-in." Tzvi Avni is pronounced
"TIZ-vee AHV-nee." For advance interviews contact Lynda or Marty
Israel Camerata and pianist Ilya Itin will perform in UI Hancher Auditorium
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Israel Camerata Jerusalem chamber orchestra, under
the direction of Avner Biron, will by joined by pianist Ilya Itin, winner
of the 1996 Leeds Competition, in a concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 in
Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.
The concert program is: Haydns Symphony No. 78 in C minor; two works
by Mozart, the Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595, and the Symphony
No. 29 in A major, K. 201; and "Prayer," written for the Israel
Camerata Jerusalem by Israeli composer Tzvi Avni.
The Israel Camerata Jerusalem, described in the New York Times as "the
best of the new generation of Israeli ensembles" and in the Cleveland
Plain Dealer as "dashingly virtuosic," is a particular showcase
for Russian emigres. More than a dozen of the orchestras 36 members
held positions as soloists in many of the renowned orchestras of the former
Its founding musical director, flutist Avner Biron, is also the head of
the renowned Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem.
At the Leeds Competition, Russian-born Itin was the unanimous choice of
the judges, sweeping all the competitions awards and winning the vote
of the BBC audience as well. He was also the winner of the Cleveland Competition
and was a prize-winner in the Artur Rubinstein Competition.
He has played with major orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the
National Symphony in Washington, D.C., the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,
the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Festival
Hall, the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic in its
Great Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. He made his Vienna debut while on tour
with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
The Guardian of London described Itin as an "outstanding performer,
with a wonderful range of colour, a truly imaginative way with texture and
phrasing, and a supreme technical command."
Born in Germany in 1927, Tzvi Avni is one of Israel Cameratas foremost
composers. He immigrated to Israel as a child and studied music in both Israel
and the United States.
His works, performed in Israel and around the world, include symphonic,
vocal, chamber, solo and electronic music. Since 1971 he has been a member
of the faculty of the Rubin Academy of Music, where he is head of the theory
and composition department and director of the electronic music studio.
Eye Surgeons Associates P.C. is the corporate sponsor of this event, through
the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets to the Feb. 13 concert are $35, $32 and $29. UI students and senior
citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, with Zone 2 and 3 tickets available
to UI students for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half
Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.
From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free,
1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard
or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university
bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.
Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should
dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel
prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and
seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with
TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
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